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2010-03-09 11:48:00

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA today unveiled an interactive computer simulation that allows virtual explorers of all ages to dock the space shuttle at the International Space Station, experience a virtual trip to Mars or a lunar impact, and explore images of star formations taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) In an effort to excite young people about space and NASA's missions, the agency has...

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2010-03-09 06:25:00

Like a hard-driving athlete whose joints need help, the giant "Mars antenna" at NASA's Deep Space Network site in Goldstone, Calif. has begun major, delicate surgery. The operation on the historic 70-meter-wide (230-foot) antenna, which has received data and sent commands to deep space missions for over 40 years, will replace a portion of the hydrostatic bearing assembly. This assembly enables the antenna to rotate horizontally. The rigorous engineering plans call for lifting about 4 million...

2010-02-25 09:47:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA officials broke ground near Canberra, Australia on Wednesday, beginning a new antenna-building campaign to improve Deep Space Network communications. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Following the recommendations of an independent study, NASA embarked on an ambitious project to replace its aging fleet of 70-meter-wide (230-foot-wide) dishes with a new generation of 34-meter (112-foot) antennas by 2025....

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2010-02-25 09:35:00

NASA officials broke ground near Canberra, Australia on Wednesday, Feb. 24, beginning a new antenna-building campaign to improve Deep Space Network communications. Following the recommendations of an independent study, NASA embarked on an ambitious project to replace its aging fleet of 70-meter-wide (230-foot-wide) dishes with a new generation of 34-meter (112-foot) antennas by 2025. The three 70-meter antennas, located at the NASA Deep Space Network complexes at Goldstone, Calif., Madrid,...

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2009-10-20 10:45:00

ESA's Rosetta comet chaser will swing by Earth on November 13 to pick up orbital energy and begin the final leg of its 10-year journey to the outer Solar System. Several observations of the Earth"“Moon system are planned before the spacecraft heads out to study comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This will be the third Earth swingby, the last of Rosetta's four planetary gravity assists. Closest approach to Earth is expected at 08:45 CET. The swingby will provide exactly the boost Rosetta...

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2009-09-21 13:27:55

Using a colossal radio telescope in the Mojave Desert, school kids around the world are helping NASA track the LCROSS spacecraft as it heads for a crash landing on the Moon. On Oct. 9th, LCROSS will smash into the inky-dark shadows of a crater near the Moon's south pole in search of water. Eager youngsters are locked on to LCROSS's signal as intently as they've ever viewed a video game, and they're feeding NASA valuable data about the spacecraft's health and status. Students attending 283...

2009-06-29 10:12:18

The European Space Agency says it plans to build a 35-meter deep space antenna in Argentina, about 620 miles west of Buenos Aires. The antenna, to be located in Malargue, will be the first ESA infrastructure to be built in Argentina. The site offers all the features that are required for a long-term ground segment investment, said Gaele Winters, ESA director of operations and infrastructure. We are very pleased that we could pave the way for promising space missions with the support of the...

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2009-06-26 11:25:46

On 22 June, ESA informed Argentinean authorities that an area 30 km south of the town of Malarge in Mendoza province, about 1000 km west of Buenos Aires, has been chosen as the best option to build a new 35-meter antenna in support of its programs. It is the first infrastructure to be built in Argentina by ESA. "The site offers all the features that are required for a long-term ground segment investment. We are very pleased that we could pave the way for promising space missions with the...

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2009-06-26 09:35:00

Upon receipt of the last command from Earth, the transmitter on Ulysses will switch off on 30 June, bringing one of the most successful and longest missions in spaceflight history to an end. After 18.6 years in space and defying several earlier expectations of its demise, the joint ESA/NASA solar orbiter Ulysses will achieve 'end of mission' on 30 June 2009. The final communication pass with a ground station will start at 17:35 CEST and run until 22:20 CEST (15:35-20:20 UTC) or until the...

2009-06-24 15:15:00

FAIRFAX, Va., June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is providing the communications link for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission launched on June 18, 2009. The mission will use General Dynamics-made transceivers to communicate with ground control as it maps and studies the lunar environment. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). LRO will fly to the moon atop an Atlas V rocket...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) -- The SOHO (Solar & Heliospheric Observatory) project is being carried out by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a cooperative effort between the two agencies in the framework of the Solar Terrestrial Science Program (STSP) comprising SOHO and CLUSTER, and the International Solar-Terrestrial Physics Program (ISTP), with Geotail (ISAS-Japan), Wind, and Polar. SOHO was launched on...

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